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The seemingly endless dreariness of this winter has been a bummer for sure. While we haven’t been “snowed in,” we’ve surely had more than our share of damp, rainy days.

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I usually wait for the third snowstorm of the season before I start tying flies and working on our fishing tackle for early spring fishing. But, this year I don’t know exactly when to start. The groundhog didn’t see its shadow and I can’t remember when the last snow laid. We also haven’t had…

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Pennsylvania ranks in the top 10 in tax burden among all states, according to the Commonwealth Foundation, and there have been five tax hikes in the past 11 years.

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The Great American Outdoor Show began last Saturday at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. George and I drove up last Saturday to see if we could find something new, renew some old friendships, and more or less, see many of the exhibits and outfitters and dream a little about future hunting…

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The plan was set. I’d get up at 6, mosey downstairs, fix a cup of coffee and warm up a fresh sticky bun to enjoy while I watched the silliness that is Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney. Thank goodness for PCN!

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Tax season is upon us. Forget the other four seasons- spring, summer, fall and winter. Officially, tax season starts Monday, and it is often the most dreaded season of the year. There is no reason for people to dread tax time, however. The local Chambersburg TaxAide program is here to help a…

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Recently, an item in an area police news roundup noted that authorities were looking for a man wanted for acts of sexual violence along with other forms of violent behavior. The piece listed the man’s features, you know, height, weight, eye color, and included that he has a visible tattoo of…

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The Great American Outdoor Show will soon begin a nine-day run at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Beginning Feb. 1, the show opens with more than 1,100 exhibitors with everything for the outdoorsman/woman, including outfitters for fishing and hunting trips, boats, recreational vehicles,…

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Although I promised myself I wouldn’t fall for such enticements again, I couldn’t help myself.

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Snow covers the meadow behind our farmhouse, and Ruffles our Springer spaniel sleeps in the reclining chair that squats under a window overlooking the meadow and small creek.

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OK, it’s late at night and we’re all back here because this is where the humans go to type stuff up, and we’re thinking this is the best way to get something into the paper where folks can see it.

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The Farm Show finished its run for another year, so I guess that means spring can’t be far behind.

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It’s been said that the majority of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by the middle of January. Most often, resolutions are tied to improving ourselves by breaking harmful habits or making beneficial changes to make us and thus our lives better.

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Over the holiday season, I got the chance to meet my 8-month-old niece for the first time, ever! She is the first grandchild in the family and it was such a joy to be introduced to our newest member.

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All the years we lived on the stone house farm, a cock pheasant challenged our vehicles as we drove down the farm lane on January mornings.

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About a year ago, I was fortunate enough to have been sworn in to represent the people of the 193rd Legislative District in the state House of Representatives. I often reflect on the responsibility you have entrusted to me and want to take a moment to renew that commitment.

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We’ve been chatting about 2020 trips, but with the New Year, it’s probably time to do some serious planning. Winter solstice is behind us, although there’s a lot of winter still ahead.

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One of the things that makes the Christmas season such an emotional time is the buildup of all those memories that we’ve accumulated over the years.

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Carlisle Fish and Game will host a New Year’s Day shoot on Jan. 1, 2020, at their club grounds on Trindle Road -- between Carlisle and Mechanicsburg. They plan to mix it up and play some shooting games they don’t often do on their trap fields.

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So there I was, sitting at the dining room table, wrapping socks of a high degree of fluffiness, and thinking about how those socks were acquired when suddenly half a century or more of Christmas shopping passed through my mind like a shooting star.

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Sadly, the birthplace of liberty and freedom has become one of the highest taxed and over-regulated states in the nation. It seems that Harrisburg bureaucrats are continuously looking for new ways to extort revenue from its citizens. We all know the sting of taxation, where sadly, Pennsylvan…

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Just a few minutes ago, I heard our office manager next door cooing like a crazy person. I believe the direct quote was, “Look at those adorable poochies.”

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What can I tell you? I haven’t seen deer at camp so far this season, but I’m optimistic.

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I have to confess. I didn’t get out last Saturday for the last day of rifle deer season, but I can explain.

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Believe it or not, this is the hardest column I have to write all year. Sure, there are times during the year that I can’t seem to find anything to write about, but something pops up.

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When one looks through a microscope, one sees a ‘small sample’ (i.e. the Big Spring School District) as opposed to when one uses a telescope to view a larger universe (all 499 school districts in PA). I recently attended the PA School Board Association state-wide conference where all 499 sch…

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Ed and I hunted pheasants last Wednesday and Thursday on Game Land 169 with only a few flushes, but decided to try again on Friday afternoon hoping the Game Commission might stock a few birds for the final stocking before Christmas.

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A family in Texas put their outdoor Christmas decorations up early this year because they’re expecting a baby around Christmas. They already have two little ones, and they want to make sure the children get to enjoy the holiday festivities because they know a new baby will take time away fro…

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Steve had a combine in our field the other day to shell the corn, and that night around midnight, some spotlighters drove up our lane looking for deer nibbling on kernels or corn left in the field after harvest. I don’t mind them spotlighting from the hard road, but our lane is a private dri…